- “Lady Bow, your beauty is like the song of a nightingale in the evening. Indeed... I feel you've grown into a fine young girl who'd make your ancestors proud!”
- —Bootler, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
|First appearance||Paper Mario (2000)|
|Latest appearance||Super Paper Mario (cameo as a poster) (2007)|
Bootler is a Boo butler who works for Lady Bow in Boo's Mansion during the events of Paper Mario. He also acts as her personal adviser. Bootler is very over-protective of Lady Bow, and initially opposes her joining Mario on his quest to defeat Tubba Blubba (and even then wishes to go along with her, though she does not acquiesce). This protection to his mistress makes him similar to Toadsworth.
His name is a pun on "Boo" and "butler". Goombario actually states that "his title would be 'butler'" upon tattling Bootler, indicating that the portmanteau in his name may have simply been caused by the unique Boo speech patterns seen exclusively in Paper Mario (which do indeed involve replacing words and parts of words with "Boo").
Bootler seems to have a certain connection with Lady Bow's ancestors. He constantly reminds her that the ancestors would be displeased if she was harmed in any way. According to a seemingly knowledgeable Toad found near Toad Town's port, Bootler was once in love with Lady Bow's grandmother, who was apparently Boo's Mansion's mistress during Bow's early childhood. This Toad also reveals that, in his youth, Bootler traveled the globe with Goompa and Koopa Koot.
After Mario defeats the Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Lady Bow and Bootler go to Poshley Heights for a nice vacation, where Mario can talk to them.
In Paper Mario, he scares Fice T. and Mario at the entrance of Forever Forest. When he frightens people, he grows many times his normal size and screams at the victim. Bootler seems to enjoy scaring Fice T., as implied in the letter he sent to him. Bootler has also written Lady Bow a letter expressing his worry about her safety, which the player can read at the Toad Town Post Office.
Bootler also makes a cameo appearance in Super Paper Mario, as a poster of Francis's collection.
- "He's a Boo called Bootler. He's the manager of the mansion and the personal assistant of Lady Bow. Ordinarily his title would be "butler." Being a butler is hard work. Hmm... Maybe I'm just imagining this, but doesn't it look like he's enjoying himself? Maybe he likes hard work??"
- "That's Bootler. He's Bow's butler... but what does a butler do, exactly? It looks like he only listens to Bow, so I guess he wouldn't answer me if I asked..."
Names in other languages
|Sebastian. It's a typical name for butlers in any videogame, like Sebastian from Mother 3, Shivers ("Sebastián" in Spanish), the ghost butler from Luigi's Mansion and even in non-Nintendo games, like Zelos Wilder's butler in Tales of Symphonia|
|French||Majordôme||Pun on "majordome" (butler) and "fantôme" (ghost)|
|German||Buhutler||Pun on "butler" and "Buu Huu" (Boo)|
|Italian||Boolindo||From "Boo" and "lindo" (clean)|
|Spanish||Ambrosio||From "ἀμβρόσιος" (ámbrósios, Greek adjective for "immortal")|
- Bootler is the only known Boo to have facial hair, save for the seemingly living Boo portraits (such as Boo's Portrait) found lining Boo's Mansion's second floor and Mario and Luigi's Boo form.
- Bootler is the only minor character in the Paper Mario series to make a visual appearance in three of six games, aside from Whacka, who is likely three different Whackas in all his appearances, as there is more than one Whacka.